LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s newest governor was celebrated during an inauguration ceremony in Carson City Tuesday. Former Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who replaces departing Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, was formally sworn in as Nevada’s 31st governor.
Flanked by former state governors Bob List, Bob Miller, Richard Bryan, Brian Sandoval and Steve Sisolak, Lombardo was welcomed into the state’s highest office.
Lombardo, 60, a Republican, said he would not ask for new taxes or an increase on existing taxes and would pursue his top priorities to expand school choice and improve school safety while also creating safer streets by “eliminating soft-on-crime legislation.”
Lombardo’s tenure will end four years of Democratic control in Carson City, where the party held the governor’s office, as well as majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Democrats will still hold a majority in the Nevada Senate and a supermajority in the Assembly.
Lombardo urged lawmakers to rise above polarization and work together to “unleash the roar on Nevada’s economy.”
Sisolak, a one-term governor, was the first Democratic governor in nearly two decades and was narrowly defeated by Lombardo.
Lombardo blamed Sisolak for the state’s struggling economy and shutdown of hotels and casinos during the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in thousands of Nevadans becoming unemployed.
Lombardo thanked Sisolak for his service and for helping the transition go smoothly.
Lombardo said he believes in what he calls “The Nevada Way” which is rooted in the notion no challenge is too insurmountable that it can’t be solved.
“In 200 years our state has evolved from a Native American land to a remote western territory to statehood to become the envy of America and the entertainment capital of the world.”
Lombardo was first sworn into office on Monday due to a state law that requires the governor to be sworn in on the first Monday of the year.
Inaugural balls are planned for southern and northern Nevada.
Lombardo will give his State of the State address on Jan. 23.